Secretary Bird

Sagittarius serpentarius

Size: Up to 130 cms high, wingspan up to 220 cms
Habitat: Grassland and bush
Feeding: Mammals, snakes, birds and insects

The Secretary Bird is a very large bird of prey, or raptor. It spends most of its time on the ground although it roosts on the top of thorn trees.

It has black and grey plummage with long tail feathers. It also has long black feathers on the back of its head which can be raised into a crest. Its face is featherless and red and it has the strong curved beak of a raptor. Its legs are long with black feathers covering the thighs. The sexes are similar.

They are often seen in pairs. The photos were taken in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

This bird is the national emblem of Sudan.







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